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Uterine Sarcoma Treatment Options

The doctor is the best person to describe the uterine sarcoma treatment choices and discuss the expected results of each treatment option. The doctor and patient can work together to develop a uterine sarcoma treatment plan that fits the patient's needs.
Depending on the type and extent of uterine sarcoma, patients may have:
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • A combination of these methods.
(Click Uterine Sarcoma Treatment by Stage for more information about the uterine sarcoma treatment options based on the stage of the disease.)
Surgery is the most commonly used uterine sarcoma treatment option. However, even if the doctor removes all the cancer that can be seen at the time of the surgery, some patients may be given chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery to kill any cancer cells that are left. Treatment that is given after the surgery, to increase the chances of a cure, is called adjuvant therapy.
Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy) is a treatment that uses high energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. There are two types of radiation therapy: external radiation and internal radiation. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside of the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer. The way that the radiation therapy is administered will depend on the type and the stage of the cancer that is being treated.
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